News for Tuesday, December 17, 2013


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Big night for Thompson in double-overtime defeat

Florida Gulf Coast lost in double-overtime to South Florida Tuesday, but it wasn’t from a lack of effort by Bernard Thompson.

Lady Eagles start region play with a win over Monroe Area

The Lady Eagles had to overcome themselves before they grabbed and held the lead beating Monroe Area 68-48 to start Region 8-AAAA play with a win on Tuesday.

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THOMAS: Culture of death continues

This is the problem when humanity does not accept an Authority higher than itself, an Authority that holds life, all life, however inconvenient, however tiresome, infinitely valuable. But if we consider ourselves nothing more than evolutionary accidents in an impersonal universe, then we are all potentially vulnerable, depending on the value assigned to us by the state.

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5-year-old officer Steward patrols Covington's Square

Since the day he was sworn in as the youngest Covington Police officer, Morgan Steward set his sights on keeping the city safe. Thousands of supporters gathered around the Square Tuesday to watch Steward fight crime.

Suspect in weave shooting connected to 2010 shooting death

One of the men arrested in connection with the fatal shooting during an armed robbery last week has ties to another fatal shooting in Rockdale County.

'Zero Tolerance' for impaired driving during holidays

The annual holiday campaign of Operation Zero Tolerance is underway in Georgia, which means that law enforcement all over the state is out in force to crack down on drunk drivers through the New Year’s holiday.

DARRELL HUCKABY: It's been an amazing 31-year journey — together

She was barely 21 as she stood at the altar at Rockdale Baptist Church, watching me walk toward her in my Confederate gray tuxedo. Yes, I know — but I don’t regret the choice of colors.

Four convenience store clerks arrested in NCSO undercover sting operation

NCSO: Convenience store clerks sold alcohol to minor

Four Newton County convenience store employees have been cited by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office for selling alcohol to a minor after a undercover sting operation.

Community Calendar for Dec. 18, 2013

The Community Calendar is a forum for announcing meetings and events of nonprofit organizations of Rockdale and Newton counties.

Braves give C Gattis everyday gig

Brian McCann was a seven-time National League All-Star, but the Atlanta Braves insist they are in good shape behind the plate despite the catcher’s departure to the New York Yankees.

Covington City Council approves CNG truck purchase, fuel prices

The city of Covington Street Department will soon receive a new compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle. Covington City Council agreed unanimously to purchase the vehicle since the truck driven by the department manager was totaled about seven weeks ago after an 18-wheeler rear-ended the truck on Ga. Highway 142.

Trio leads Tech past KSU

It had been eight days since the Georgia Tech men’s basketball team played a game, but Robert Carter Jr., Daniel Miller and Trae Golden looked plenty fresh Monday.

ANDREW PEABODY: Making the holidays brighter for those in need

As a newcomer to the community, I was blessed to arrive just in time for the holidays – and the weekend of Dec. 7 and 8 turned into a particularly inspiring introduction to how the community partners with Rockdale Emergency Relief at Christmastime!

JEFF MEADORS: Early prep is formula for college success

A healthy pipeline to college improves high school graduation rates, boosts percentages of HOPE eligible students, strengthens SAT and ACT test performance, and fortifies GCCRPI scorecards of county school systems.

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Pet of the Week: Bob and Snickers want to come home for the holidays

Pet of the Week: Bob and Snickers want to come home for the holidays